Get Bird Vitamins Naturally in Food that you feed your birds.

Find bird vitamins naturally in food instead of supplements for the health of your bird.

Below is a long list of vitamins, their purpose in your bird and the foods that have that vitamin.

Consult your Avian Vet about the diet you have for your bird. You do not want to give a bird too much of anything and depending on what seeds and pellets you feed your bird, there may be different recommendations for your bird.

Please remember that just because a food is on this list, that does NOT mean you should feed it to your birds. Peanuts, for example, are harmful for some birds so you wouldn't want to feed peanuts to your bird if he is allergic to them.

Please feed Organic Products

Purchase Organic Pellets

All chemicals, food coloring, and artificial vitamins (chemicals) are hard on your bird's tiny organs. Their organs have to work to filter out those chemicals and thus weaken their immune system.

Anything on a label that says, "Natural Flavoring" means a chemical that makes the flavor taste natural. If it were real vanilla, for instance, it would say "vanilla" and not "natural flavoring."

It is always best for your birds to get their bird vitamins naturally in food and not from supplements.

Vitamins and Minerals and Supplements found in food

Vitamin A

Purpose in birds: Respiratory tract health; formation of skin and feathers; growth; infection fighter; digestive tract health.
Found in: Sweet potatoes, kale, egg, peaches, mangoes, corn, broccoli, parsley, beets and carrots (tops too!), asparagus, spinach, squash, apricots, ocean fish, green peppers, cantaloupe, and nectarines.

B Vitamins

Purpose in birds: Aid in overall general health, converts food to energy, helps blood carry oxygen, aids in proper brain & nervous-system functions, necessary for proper growth, helps produce or break down many essential elements.
Found in: Alfalfa, soybeans, beets (tops too), kale, spinach, parsley, dried peaches, barley, broccoli, peas & beans (in the pod too), carrot tops, dried figs, pumpkin seed, tuna, Brazil nuts, rice, beef, sesame seeds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, fish, chicken, bee pollen, hazelnuts, turkey, brewer's yeast, corn.

Vitamin C

Purpose in birds: Aids in times of stress/illness, proper nerve stimulation, builds collagen for cartilage formation, lessens chance of infections, aids in hormone production.
Found in: Citrus fruits, spinach, kiwi, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

Vitamin E

Purpose in birds: May aid in fertility and breeding. Required to keep Vitamins A & D from breaking down prematurely.
Found in: Almonds, peanuts, safflower seeds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and walnuts.

Vitamin D3

Purpose in birds: Necessary for calcium metabolism.
Found in: Vitamin D3 is also known as the “sunshine vitamin” because it can be formed in our skin by ultra violet light in sunshine. Purchase only full spectrum lights for birds, the bulbs in grocery stores are not true full spectrum lights.
Breeding hens need extra D3, so talk with your avian vet about supplementing your bird's diet. Over supplementation with artificial vitamins can cause kidney failure!

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Vitamin H

Purpose in birds: Metabolism of fats and carbohydrates (Liver and kidney disease protection.)
Found in: Tuna, eggs, soybeans, split peas, brown rice, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cauliflower, and garbanzo beans.

Vitamin K

Purpose in birds: Blood Clotting
Found in: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa, oats, spinach, turnip greens, soybeans.

Folic Acid

Purpose in birds: Creates red blood cells.
Found in: Cashews, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, peas, asparagus, collard greens, brewer's yeast, soybeans, bean sprouts, almonds, and barley.


Purpose in birds: Removes excess fat from the liver.
Found in: Eggs, cabbage, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, green beans, lentils, soybeans, potatoes, brewer's yeast.


Purpose in birds: Strong bones, eggshell formation, blood clotting, muscles, nerve transmission, prevention of seizures and fractures.
Found in: Yogurt, beet greens, spinach, okra, kelp, watercress, sesame seed, almonds, cuttlebone (now high in toxins from the sea, such as aluminum and zinc, and not recommended), DiCalcium Phosphate, parsley, kale, collard greens, blackberries.

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Purpose in birds: Skeletal growth, cell membrane structure, fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Found in: Chicken, eggs, sunflower seeds, flounder, turkey, dried peaches, peas, soybeans, barley, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, DiCalcium Phosphate.


Purpose in birds: Healthy bones, muscles, and nerve impulse transmission. Found in: Ocean fish, dried figs, hazelnuts, cornmeal and almonds.


Purpose in birds: Maintains water balance, muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Found in: Most birds (and us too) get plenty of salt and too much salt is very harmful. Salt is added to most canned foods and cooked foods including bread.


Purpose in birds: Egg production and hatching, regulates oxygen in tissues. Found in: Ginger, kelp and cornmeal.


Purpose in birds: Egg production and hatching, regulates oxygen in tissues. Found in: Ground meat (well cooked!), tomatoes, squash, bananas, grapefruit, peas, pumpkin seeds, oranges and raisins.


Purpose in birds: Hemoglobin and Protein Found in: Hard boiled egg yolks, pumpkin seeds, kelp, muscle meats, lentils, black-strap molasses, sesame seeds, walnuts, cashews and whole wheat bread.


Purpose in birds: Regulates oxygen in tissues. Found in: Organ meats, seafood, whole grains.


Purpose in birds: Hemoglobin
Found in: Shellfish, organ meats, black-strap molasses, halibut, mushrooms, wheat germ, Brazil nuts.


Purpose in birds: Thyroid
Found in: Ocean fish, shrimp, kelp, oyster shell, turnip greens, sunflower seeds, cod-liver oil.

Signs of possible vitamin deficiency

If you suspect your bird is sick, take your bird to an avian vet, do not use this list to treat your bird!! This is just to help you with finding bird vitamins naturally in food for your bird.

Problem: Ruffle appearance, inactivity or lack of vigor.
Possible deficiency: Choline, Folic Acid, Niacin, E, Biotin, Pyridoxine, Pantothenic Acid, B12, D3, A, Thiamine, Riboflavin.

Problem: Reduced resistance to infection.
Possible deficiency: A

Problem: Abnormal feather structure or growth.
Possible deficiency: Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, D3

Problem: Nervous Disorders
Possible deficiency: Folic Acid, Riboflavin, A, E, Thiamine, Pyridoxine

Problem: Lesions of skin, mouth eyes or feet
Possible deficiency: A, Biotin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid

Problem: Mouth Lesions
Possible deficiency: Niacin

Problem: Muscle Disorders
Possible deficiency: E

Problem: Anemia
Possible deficiency: Folic Acid, K, E

Problem: Gastrointestinal Disorders, Diarrhea, Lack of Appetite
Possible deficiency: Niacin, Ribolfavin

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